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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Agape selfless love to all, universal loving kindness Greek love connection
Anemoia Nostalgia for a time that you have never lived Greek reflection philosophy
Polytropos (πολύτροπος) Much turned, much traveled, much wandering; turning many ways (shifty, versatile, wily) (changeful, complicated) [notoriously used in the opening of The Odyssey as an early challenge for translators] Greek explore
Philia "highest form of love"; deep love between friends, brotherly love Greek love friends
Volta During certain hours of the early evening, around dusk, everyone in the town who might feel like going for a walk takes a saunter or stroll up and down the main street Greek time physical nature
Istories me arkoudes Literal: 'stories with bears'; stories that are so crazy, they can't be true Greek extreme funny
Eunoia A well-mind; beautiful thinking Greek beauty
Charmolypi "Joy-making sorrow". A mixed feeling of happiness while being sad. Greek happiness adverse philosophy
Philotimo Love of honour Greek character
Storgi (στοργη) the love between parents and children Greek love family
Acedia Lack of concern over your spiritual life or "mental sloth" Greek emotion religion
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Ripsaspis (ρίψασπις) Literal: "the one that throws down his shield"; the one that gives in with dismay Greek action
Filotimo A friend of honour, but it also implies dignity, pride, sacrifice and respect Greek character friends
Eunoia (εὔνοια) A well-mind; beautiful thinking Greek beauty thinking
Ludus playful love between children or casual lovers Greek love
Anánkē (Ανάγκη) destiny, fate, necessity. Greek awareness
Pneúma (πνεῦμα) Wind; breath; spirit. Greek physical
Eudaimonia The contented happy state you feel when you travel Greek travel explore happiness
Eunoirophrenia The peace of mind that comes with having pleasant dreams. Greek feeling positive
Nepenthe Something that helps you forget grief or suffering Greek growth strength
Philotimo (φιλότιμο) The inner impulse to act well and in alignment with the moral virtues that represent one's own society and upbringing Greek society character family
Sophrosyne A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in one's true happiness. Greek awareness happiness reflection
Meraki Describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be. Greek emotion strength
Akrasia When you know what to do in theory, but don’t act on it in practice. The literal translation is “weakness of will.” Akrasia is how people struggle to take action, even though the Internet gives them unlimited information. Greek philosophy attribute

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